Louise Burfitt-Dons

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Louise Burfitt-Dons
Louise Burfitt-Dons at Westminster.jpg
Born Louise Olivian Byres
(1953-10-22) 22 October 1953 (age 62)
Magwa, Great Burgan, Kuwait
Nationality British
Occupation Public speaker; blogger
Known for Activism
Spouse(s) Donald Burfitt-Dons (m. 1982)
Children Brooke, Arabella
Website www.louiseburfittdons.com

Louise Burfitt-Dons, FRSA (née Byres; born 22 October 1953) is a British writer, social commentator and humanitarian who is best known for her anti-bullying work as the founder of the charity Act Against Bullying.

Early years and family[edit]

Louise Olivian Byres was born to Olive and Ian Byres in a small desert hospital at Magwa, in the Burgan district just south of Kuwait City. Her father worked for Kuwait Oil Company and her mother ran a kindergarten. She had an elder brother, Laurence. She attended the Anglo-American School in Kuwait, and later the Hertfordshire and Essex High School and the Ashford School for Girls in Kent. Burfitt-Dons' father died of cancer when she was 26. During his illness she obtained a liquor licence and took over the running of The White Horse in East Bergholt so she could care for him.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Burfitt-Dons has two daughters, Brooke Burfitt [1][2][3] and Arabella (b. 1992),[4] by her pilot husband Donald Burfitt-Dons, a New Zealander whom she met and married in London in 1982 while he was on an overseas basing with Qantas. The couple lived in Australia between 1982–93 where Louise worked as an actress and wrote plays for the Sydney stage. She co-starred in a dinner theatre show with Andrew Harwood in 1988. She lives in Chiswick London .[5][6]

Social Commentary[edit]

Louise has appeared on Sky News, Good Morning America, Channel Four News, ITV News London, ITN, BBC Breakfast and Talk Radio Europe, BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex, BBC Oxford, LBC, PM_(BBC_Radio_4) talkRADIO The World Tonight. She has written on social affairs and political issues for a range of blogs including Conservative Home and Conservative Way Forward.[7] She is a regular news reviewer on the Ian Collins (radio presenter) show Roundtable on LBC.

Boosting Britain[edit]

In 2012, after visiting a range of different businesses,[8] she set up an online initiative to encourage and promote new ideas and companies which were helping Britain . It covers infrastructure, defence industry, education as well as motivational factors.[9][10] She has suggested more honorary titles for engineers would help to bolster their image and help with the skills shortage[10]

Campaigning[edit]

Since setting up Act Against Bullying, Burfitt-Dons has been outspoken on the ill-effects of tribalism in society as a speaker and writer. She has advocated that tribalism is on the increase and has been taking effect in all forms of modern society leading to social unrest. Feeling the need to express what the public were confiding in her she designed a range of campaigns to promote human dignity and individuality in modern society.

She designed the Cool To Be Kind Campaign in 2000; two years later she founded the National Decency Campaign in 2002.[11] and, in 2006, the "Grade Not Degrade" campaign. The Scotsman quoted her as suggesting Celebrity Big Brother was legitimising the growing trend of bullying behaviour in classrooms around the country.[12] She spoke at the Conservative Women's Organisation Forum [13] at the House of Commons on cyber bullying claiming that today "children have to be as savvy as celebrities but without the pr support". In response to the growing trend of internet abuse she designed the CyberKind Campaign, which was launched on Remembrance Day (11 November) 2009.

Burfitt-Dons founded the UK Kindness Movement and co-founder of Kindness Day UK.[14][15] She appeared on BBC Breakfast on the first Kindness Day UK on 13 November 2010 alongside Kathy Lette who claimed that English people were condescending and unfriendly.[16] In 2007 she began campaigning on global warming and has said that "climate change may be the ultimate issue that unites us all".[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 2006 she was nominated as an Angel Hero for the US My Hero project. In May 2009 she was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work with children as well as to acknowledge her efforts as a campaigner and speaker on humanitarian and environmental issues.[citation needed]

Global warming[edit]

Burfitt-Dons co-founded the Global Warming Alliance which was set up in January 2006 to find solutions to the crisis. On 2 December 2008, she launched the Global Warming Hotspot [17] channel on YouTube. She spearheaded the international Hot Women Campaign,[18] which encouraged women to become more active in climate change issues and reduce carbon emissions and significantly raised awareness of the differences between male and female thinking on the issues.[19] The Scotsman quoted Burfitt-Dons' claims that "the relentless rise in CO2 emissions is incrementally raising planetary temperatures, increasing water vapour in the atmosphere with a commensurate rise in rainfall, and ever stronger wind patterns randomly occurring across the globe."[20]

Feminism[edit]

Burfitt-Dons got involved with women's issues because of her charity work as a motivational speaker and mentor. In October 2009 she was part of the freshers feminist debate at Cambridge University [21][22] with Cosmopolitan Magazine editor Louise Court and Edwina Currie. Burfitt-Dons set up the Royal Society of Arts' Women's Speakers' Network whose mission is to "raise women's profile in society by greater involvement in public speaking". She chaired the launch event at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on 9 November 2010 in a public debate entitled "The Great Female Debate: Do Women Speak Too much or too little?"[23] She believes that some feminist groups have hijacked and radicalised the equality movement and has catalysed a debate around feminism calling on more gender realism via her blog The Common Sense Feminist.[24][25]Her work on feminism includes the book Moderating Feminism:The Past The Now and What Comes Next (2016).

Politics[edit]

In September 2014 she was selected to fight the 2015 General Election for the Conservative Party in Nottingham North.[26][27][28][29] She clashed with the incumbent MP Graham Allen over his criticism of small businesses in Nottingham North[30] She has challenged Nottingham City Council over its Workplace Parking Levy policy as `short term thinking' at its worse and suggested it was a political decision rather than an economic one.[31] Nottingham was the first City Council to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy in the UK.[32]

Controversy[edit]

In 1999, she criticised the treatment of an incident [clarification needed] involving her daughter, Brooke, and Princess Beatrice of York.[33]

Publications and plays[edit]

  • Moderating Feminism (August 2016 )[34]
  • The Counsellor (October 2000)[35]
  • Painkillers (June 2001)[36]
  • Act Against Bullying (August 2002)[37]
  • A Christmas Riddle (June 2000)[38]
  • Valentine Card (June 2001)[39]
  • How to Catch A Man (September 1991)[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Impact of extra tropic cyclones in Europe on Insurance Industry - Transcript of keynote speech by Donald Burfitt-Dons". The Global Warming Alliance. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Brooke appeals for residents' votes to help get her to semi final". ChiswickW4.com. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "About Brooke Burfitt-Dons". brookeburfitt.com. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Arabella Burfitt-Dons - University of Nottingham - Civil Engineering". Autodesk. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "RAF Air Squadron Trophy Competition". News. The Lady Eleanor Holles School. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "About Brooke Burfitt-Dons" (PDF). Bio. Brooke Burfitt-Dons. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Louise Burfitt-Dons: Why it's time for a moderate form of feminism to assert itself". conwayfor.org. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Campaigner visits Dunmow business". hertsandessexobserver.co.uk. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Louise Burfitt-Dons: To boost Britain's quota of engineers, why not take a page from Germany's book? - Conservative Home". conservativehome.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  12. ^ Hello (2007-01-23). "Violent soap operas and bullying behaviour on television shows harm children - The Scotsman". News.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  13. ^ "CWO News :: CWO Forum - Cyber Bullying". Conservativewomen.org.uk. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  14. ^ "Kindness Day UK Launches 13 November". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Tens of Thousands take up Kindness Across the UK". responsesource.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Globalwarminghotspot : List of videos". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "How the genders think about climate change: Women more likely than men to accept global warming - World leading higher education information and services". World.edu. 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  20. ^ Craig Brown (2011-11-12). "Darling buds of May? April more like". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  21. ^ [2][dead link]
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  23. ^ "Do Women Speak Too Much Or Too Little?". Belsizeconservatives.yourcllr.com. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  24. ^ "The Common Sense Feminist". wordpress.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Louise Burfitt-Dons: The successes and failures of feminism - Conservative Home". conservativehome.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "Louise Burfitt-Dons: It's time for the Tories to target a new type of female voter". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  28. ^ "MP slams Govt fail on employment". hucknalldispatch.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  29. ^ Robinson, Dan. "Nottingham MP calls for 'unfair' tax on sixth form colleges to be scrapped to help Bilborough youngsters". Nottingham Post. 
  30. ^ Cunningham, Tim. "Politicians Clash over Minimum Pay". Hucknall Today. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  31. ^ Burfitt-Dons, Louise. "Louise Burfitt-Dons: Is the WPL an economic or a political issue?". Nottingham Post. Nottingham Post Online. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  32. ^ Burfitt-Dons, Louise. "Online Voting Is Not Secure Enough". Nottingham Post. Nottingham Post. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  33. ^ Parr, Alexis (9 September 2006). "Princess Beatrice broke my tooth at school ... now I want £2,000". Mail on Sunday. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  34. ^ Burfitt-Dons, Louise (29 July 2016). Moderating Feminism. New Century Digibooks. ISBN 9780953852277. 
  35. ^ Byres, Louise (2000). The Counsellor. New Century. ISBN 9780953852215. 
  36. ^ Byres, Louise (June 2001). Painkillers. New Century. ISBN 978-0953852239. 
  37. ^ Burfitt-Dons, Louise (2002). Act Against Bullying. New Century. ISBN 978-0953852253. 
  38. ^ Byres, Louise (2000). A Christmas Riddle. New Century. ISBN 978-0953852208. 
  39. ^ Byres, Louise (2001). The Valentine Card. New Century. ISBN 978-0953852222. 
  40. ^ Byres, Louise (1991). How to Catch A Man. Ashley Books. ISBN 978-0879493479. 

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